Articles for Individuals

Whether you’re just starting out, are well into a career and a life that you love, or are heading into retirement, read on for ideas and products that can help you in every stage of life.

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Life insurance decoded: How health and other factors affect your pricing

Most people understand the value of life insurance—you pay for it while you’re alive to protect your loved ones after you’re gone. But many people don’t understand how their health and lifestyle choices may affect their life insurance costs.

Be prepared for what's ahead
When you’re just starting your career, you’re probably not thinking about retirement or life insurance. But this is the ideal time to start putting money toward your future and protecting your finances. Here are three things you should consider doing now.
Is life insurance right for me?
There are a number of ways people use life insurance that go beyond protecting loved ones. Here’s a closer look.
Are annuities right for me?
Chances are, you’ve heard of annuities. While most annuities share the same general idea—you put money in, your money grows tax-deferred, you get your money back—they are not all the same, and their features vary by product and insurance company. Here’s a quick introduction.
Tax-deferred annuities keep more of your money at work

Every year in April, income taxes take center stage. While taxes may be unavoidable for most Americans, some financial products and investments—including annuities—may be more tax-advantaged than others.

Annuities explained: Get the basics

Annuities can help solve a variety of financial needs, including guaranteed income in retirement. But they can also be complicated, and there are different types to choose from. If you’re thinking about retirement, here are some basic facts about annuities to help you get started.

Where will your retirement income come from?
For most Americans, retirement income will come from three sources: employer-sponsored retirement programs, savings/investments and Social Security. But will you have all three? Not necessarily. Take a look at some additional options for retirement income.
Demystifying annuities
For people seeking guaranteed income in retirement, one of the most effective products available today is also one of the most misunderstood. Let’s face it, annuities have been given a pretty bad rap over the years, and it’s time to clear things up.
Rising rates can get you down
Conservative strategies often rely on “fixed income” investments such as bonds or bond funds to provide stability in a retirement portfolio. But they are not without risk, and a key risk to be aware of is rising interest rates. Here’s why.
Will inflation take the air out of your retirement savings?
Our life expectancies are increasing, which means you could spend up to 30 years or more in retirement. If your retirement money can’t keep up with inflation throughout that time, it will lose its buying power. That’s one reason you may want to consider a fixed indexed annuity (FIA).
Divorcing? Keep your life insurance in mind

Amid the custody issues, dividing of assets, and adjusting to a new life, sorting out life insurance after a divorce may not be top-of-mind. But it is important to think about, particularly for couples with children. Here are some life insurance considerations during and after a divorce.

Five tips for working women to cope with COVID-19 challenges

It’s normal to feel anxious and worried during a pandemic. Here are five tips that will help you cope with the demands of balancing responsibilities at home and work.

In the COVID economy, it might be time to budget up!

Creating and managing a budget is always helpful, but especially during a pandemic. Learn how to get started with these easy steps.

Staying covered: Life insurance in a turbulent economy

Job losses are among the many unfortunate side-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. If your only life insurance coverage is provided by your employer, now might be an appropriate time to make sure you stay covered if your employment situation changes. Here are some important questions to consider if you’re exploring other options for coverage.

Parenting during a pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, many working parents feeling stretched as well. Fortunately, employer-sponsored benefits may be available to help deal with the stress, anxiety and emotional health needs of the coronavirus era. Here are some frequently offered options that can provide some relief.